Thanksgiving is the holiday the Friends are best known for celebrating, but the hit NBC sitcom has also seen the eponymous pals decking the halls and ringing in the New Year on occasion. And honestly, the show just makes things better, especially when you’re filled with that end-of-the-year existential dread. So this year, if you’d rather spend the holidays with the Central Perk gang rather than people you actually know, there are 3 New Year's Eve episodes of Friends you can take in.
Of all the holidays, New Year’s Eve isn’t one that characters celebrate on TV all that often — at least, not in conjunction with the rest of us. But Friends aired during a time where it wasn’t all that uncommon to air new episodes up until the last couple weeks of the year, and seasons had as many as 24 episodes each. This was also during that long ago period when we watched TV week to week when it actually aired — a crazy concept these days, I know.
This New Year’s Eve is actually the perfect one to watch along with the crew. If you recall, there was a recent mass influx of internet outrage when people discovered that as of Jan. 1, 2019, all 10 seasons of Friends were leaving Netflix. Fortunately, this was very quickly rectified. If you were relieved by this news, it seems only appropriate to watch at least these few episodes — and then you can do the same thing again next year.